* Posts by Fortycoats

20 posts • joined 5 Mar 2013

Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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Freejack reloaded?

Didn't Freejack have a similar plot, with the addition of a bit of time travel and Mick Jagger?

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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

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Obligatory Dilbert

http://dilbert.com/strip/2011-10-02

Reminds me of a former employer, and also why they are a "former" employer.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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And what about Jack Burton?

It's all in the reflexes....

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Flame

Re: Wish I could have gone.

Yeah, catering companies don't really cater to coeliacs. The 10% was probably salad. But we're used to it by now. BYOB (Bread, not beer)

Mmmmm..... cider.......

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Completely and utterly bonkers

Of course it's completely bonkers. It even has an "Igor" (4th module from the left in that basic mock-up diagram). No mad-scientist project is complete without an Igor.

Yeth, marthter......

Well done that man. Hope it works out.

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A server apocalypse can come in different shapes and sizes. Be prepared

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Alert

You forgot the most important point

TESTING!

No matter what your recovery scenario is, be it just restoring from tapes or near-instant failover to a secondary site, it's not worth anything unless it is tested, and tested regularly. Both the systems and the people operating them need to know what to do when the s**t hits the fan, and it should be written down somewhere, preferably in dead-tree format.

A backup that you can't restore is useless, as is a database cluster with mirrored storage that won't switch over when you need it.

Or you could just use the Dilbert version:

http://dilbert.com/strip/2000-08-15

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HP to buy EMC? We think so, say Wall St money men

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Re: HP is where tech companies go to die

As a former Compaq employee, I have to agree with you. Horrible for employees. And anytime I see the word "Synergy" (i.e. firing people) I feel like inflicting a BOFH-style halon incident (or the cattle-prod) on the person who uttered such nonsense.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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They're just copying the Germans

Unde the old "GEZ" system you paid about €18 per month if you had a TV, around €6 if you had only a radio. Since 2013 it has been changed to a household charge, and every household has to pay full whack, regardless of TV ownership. ('cause you can watch telly on these new-fangled computer things over the Interwebs, y'know)

But unlike auntie, they have loads of ads on public service TV. The main early-evening news on ZDF is basically sponsored by big pharma. Hope the beeb don't go down that route.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Thought "Airplane 2" already covered this 30 years ago...

http://spacesuitsyou.tumblr.com/post/70685979135/somethings-strange-onboard-airplane-ii-the

Oh, that's strange......

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Pint

I had the C64 version

The graphics weren't as good as the screenshots here, but it was still a fun game.

I seem to remember another way to "die" was if a customer got to the end of the bar, and proceeded to throw you sliding along the bar until you hit the wall :-)

And the stress was when the music got faster and faster, when the bar was almost empty.

Might have to fire up the C64 emulator this evening...... Tapper and Uridium are on the playlist tonight!

Beer----> sliding towards the next punk through the door

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Pint

Frikkin' shark movies on SyFy

This was a real endurance test. SyFy had a Shark-Movie day a few months ago, with "movies" like

Ghost Shark

2-Headed Shark Attack

Sharknado

Sharknado 2

one after the other...... I survived. But only thanks to enough drink. Even the ad-breaks didn't provide any respite, with David Hasselhoff promoting Sharknado 2. AAARGH!!

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Coat

Swamp Castle

They said I were mad to build a castle in a swamp, but I built it anyway.

It sank into the swamp.

So I built a second one.

That sank into the swamp.

So I built a third one.

That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.

But the fourth one... STAYED UP!

Sorry, but that scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the first thing that I thought of when reading the first bit of the article.

Still, good luck with the project. Some of Musk's ideas have proved themselves already, so I defnitely won't write him off.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Futurama on Religion

I think Futurama (episode on Robotology) summed up any religion pretty good using 2 lines of BASIC code:

10 SIN

20 GOTO HELL

To quote Hitchens again: "Religion poisons everything"

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Go

Zip Disks!

Ahhh, the memories. The support calls. The dreaded click-of-death that broke disks, which could in turn break other zip drives. Bloody marvellous, especially since at the time I was one of the poor sods on Iomega's tech support located in an overfilled office right above a supermarket in Dublin. (At least I could walk to work back then)

Just a few weeks ago I found my old Zip 100 SCSI drive and disks in the basement. Since I wanted to dump them I wanted to get any possibly useful data off the disks if they were still readable, but my PC doesn't have a free slot for my ancient Adaptec 2940 card. Thankfully I manage to get my paws on my really old machine, which was gathering dust in my in-law's attic. Crikey those fans are loud! At least it had USB, so everything fit on a little USB stick.

Now to deal with that mountain of floppies....... I think the installation disks for DOS 5.0 that came with my first 386 PC are still in there....

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Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for

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Devil

Storage "Management" Tools

Yes, storage management tools suck, and have done for years. Tools in various guises have promised to manage all your storage arrays from different vendors in "a single pane of glass" (Yeah, right). Some managed to make nice pictures of your SAN (AppIQ), I plotted my old company's SAN on A0 paper using this. It was nice to hang on the wall and impress people. But for actually managing and provisioning storage, it was faster and easier using native tools, command line and excel......

EMC Control Center wasn't THAT bad. It was good for provisioning DMX-3 storage, and providing some nice reports. The horde of agents was crap, though. Especially the resource-hungry host agents, which filled the local disks with log files and hung for no apparent reason. And you still needed all the native storage tools like HDvM and SYMCLI installed somewhere.

We'll be giving EMC's SRM Suite a test drive soon, and see if anything has improved.

By the way, if you REALLY want to embarrass EMC and make them VERY sheepish, just mention Invista....... (I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it)

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Pint

EMC link works

I tried the EMC link, and after logging with my EMC Support account I can read the KB article.

Basically, only a few products are affected. Mainly Syncplicity and Powerpath (??), as well as some beta versions of Avamar ADS and DD Boost. I was worried about ESRS Remote Support Gateway, but that doesn't use a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, so I can relax a bit, and enjoy a pint this evening.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Stop

Stop that! It's silly

Now...no one likes a good laugh more than I do. Uh, except for my wife, and some of her friends. Oh yes, and Capt. Johnson. Come to think of it, most people like a good laugh more than I do, but that's beside the point! (RIP Graham)

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

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Headmaster

Usage in German: Shitstorm

Shitstorm is not translated into "Scheißsturm" or anything else, otherwise it wouldn't be an anglicism.

And yes, it's generally used over here to define an outcry on online forums or social media. Angie caused one when she said the internet was "new territory for us all" during a press conference when President Obama was in Berlin.

Applying the prefix "Scheiß-" to anything is similar to using "f**king" as a forceful modifier in English. Example: the recently released recordings of Anglo Irish Bank in the Irish Independent has some quotes from David Drumm about "the f**king Germans", and in German media it was translated as "Scheißdeutschen".

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Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

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Re: That video is too fast

Well I don't know about an app, but there is a program called Universe Sandbox which does something like that. The basic version is free.

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Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

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Headmaster

Re: How to speak Welsh

You forgot Step 0: Learn English first, in particular the difference between "pedal" and "peddle"

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